Transition Town West Kirby

Events & Updates March 2015


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The Concourse planter has new stepping stones...see photo.
Stones are recycled from the renovation work at the leisure centre.
Thank you to Dave from NW construction!
In case you are interested in helping with any maintenance of the different town planters or want to get involved with new projects, please contact Carola on 07724 175779, or ring 625 9974.

The existing orchards at Grange cemetery also needs regular maintenance.
Normally the work sessions Are every 4th Friday 10 - 11 am and every 2nd Saturday 3-4pm, but this sometimes varies due to holidays etc....so please contact 625 9974 to find out the next session.

Wirral Community Energy
Plans are afoot to develop a community-owned energy scheme where the money circulated from the activities of generating, supplying and saving energy are captured and retained in the local area. To get more of an idea what this might look like, take a look at Liverpool Community Renewables website www.lcr.coop. They've just launched a very attractive Pioneer Share Offer which has attracted investment of 24,500 in the first ten days! Download the share offer document and an application form direct from their website.

Saturday 21st March 11am - 4pm
PLANTING DAY with refreshments and musical celebrations
Crass Routes and Transition Town present... APPLE AVENUE - Community Orchard workshop
All are welcome to join us at Gilroy Road Community Allotments, West Kirby (nearest postcode CH48 6DQ).
Facilitated by Marko and Netti. We begin with a relaxation exercise then prepare the ground and root the young trees, as we reflect on our own personal growth and recovery.
Download a poster here
For more information, email: crassroutes@hotmail.co.uk, or text: 07821 183 114 www.crassroutes.org
Funded by NHS Clinical Commissioning Group Wirral and Transition Town West Kirby
email: transitiontownwestkirby@phonecoop.coop

26th March, Doors open at 5:30pm and performance 6 - 8pm
Time to Shine
This event sees Homegrown Bananas team up with Crass Roots for a special session supporting those recovering from addiction. The venue is Wirral Arts Centre, Brookfield Gardens, CH48 4EL. (NOT at Lattetude!) In consideration of the setting there will be a dry bar on the night. Please arrive early to get your place as it will get busy if previous Crass Roots events are anything to go by! Please bring along a song, poem or story to share if you wish. Suggested donation of 3.

West Kirby Farmers' Market
Saturday 28th March 9am to 1pm
West Kirby Farmers' Market
The market continues to develop and thrive. Recent new additions are:
  • 'Billy the fish' A small local fisherman with a boat on the Dee. He fishes on Fridays for your plate on Saturdays - taste the difference!
  • Ollie's Orchard - apple juice diect from the Cheshire orchard whhere the apples are grown and pressed.
  • Funky Nut - a new Wirral-based business making a range of peanut butters using organic peanuts.
Subscribe to the market newsletter for local food news a few days before each market http://ow.ly/Kx9gM
West Kirby Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday, 29th of March from 12 noon until 4pm (Registration until 2pm)
West Kirby Easter Egg Hunt and Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Following the success of the Santa Treasure Hunt, the Wirral Arts Centre and TTWK are organising an Alice in Wonderland themed Easter Egg Hunt and Mad Hatter's Tea Party.
The project is supported by West Kirby Library and aims to introduce children to classic books and literature through a creative and enjoyable event. Parents and children following a treasure trail around West Kirby, following clues to lead them to locations where they will find a puzzle sheet that relates to one of the characters in Alice in Wonderland. They must work out the correct answer to receive an Easter related treasure.
The trail ends up at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party where there will be music and performance from Wirral Arts Centre Theatre Group.
Registration is from 12.00-14.00 at the West Kirby Concourse and entry is 5.00
Download a poster here

Sunday 29th March
Homegrown Bananas returns to Threshold Festival, Liverpool for a special stage.
Beneath The Skin will take place in the Liverpool Craft Beer Space from 3pm to 7pm and feature performances from Hazel Empire, Coast, Laura & Claire, Vanessa Murray, Mikey Gormley and the Ukulele Fanatics.
Ticket Link: www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Liverpool/Liverpool-Baltic-Triangle/Threshold-Festival-of-Music--Arts-2015/12146570

Friday 10th April Doors open at 5:30pm and performance 6 - 8pm
Homegrown Bananas at Lattetude, with 'Herald Music'.
As always, this is a family-friendly event where people of all ages are welcome to come along and share a song, a poem or a story.

Saturday 11th April, 10.30am
A Reflective Walk to Hilbre Island with Mellow Yellow.
Meet at the Dee Lane slipway at 10.30am, and bring lunch to share. Return will be approximately 2.30pm.

Sunday April 12th. Approx 10.30 to 2pm (tbc)
Spring Forage along the Wirral Way
Jesper Launder will be leading a leisurely walk along the Wirral Way from West Kirby, searching for the first early edible shoots, roots and leaves of spring and showing how best to identify and use them. Cost 10.
Places are limited on this walk - please contact ttwk.food@gmail.com to book a place. Early booking advised.
www.jesperlaunder.com/wild-food

Friday 24th April
TTWK Annual General Party!
Join us for a celebration of Transition Town West Kirby's last twelve months, with good food and good music.
More details coming soon.
Happy Days Appeal
Saturday 16 May at 1pm
Happy Days Appeal Hilbre Walk
This is a very special appeal in memory of Simon Wallis, a very special man.
Join this lovely flat walk of around 8 miles (4-5 hours with stops) from Hoylake Rugby Club to Hilbre Island, passing a new Sustrans memorial and returning to Hoylake Rugby Club for a cash bar, food stalls and live music.
FREE to attend but walkers are encouraged to raise as much sponsorship as possible and donate via the appeal's Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/happydaysappeal in support of PAPYRUS - the national charity for the prevention of young suicide.
To assist with catering, please email the names of the members of your walking party to davidrwlewis@btinternet.com
Download a poster here






Who are we?



...a group of concerned local people working towards a sustainable low-carbon lifestyle, based in West Kirby, Hoylake, and elsewhere on the Wirral.

We are one of dozens of Transition Town groups that have formed over the last few years throughout the UK and around the world.

The global challenges of climate change and energy shortages are approaching - we feel that we may not be able to do much at a global level, but can do a lot at the level of the local community - and that it is better to plan a local response in advance rather than wait until the problems become a crisis. And we feel that there will be many advantages of a low-carbon lifestyle.

Membership is open to all at no charge.

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What are our plans?



People joining the group are welcome to come to working group meetings on how the community should respond in individual areas such as food, transport and home energy.

About half of our membership comes from outside West Kirby, including Hoylake, Heswall, Meols and Wallasey. As the membership enlarges, we expect that separate Transition groups will develop, based in other parts of the Wirral.


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Enquiries, offers of help, add your address to our email list etc:
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West Kirby Farmers' Market



A regular monthly Farmers' Market on the 4th Saturday of every month.
If you are a local producer and would like to apply to sell at the market, application forms are available from the West Kirby Farmers' Market website www.westkirbyfarmersmarket.co.uk


TTWK national allotment report



Waiting list figures in England remain high, and councils are doing little to increase provision.
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Wirral A-Z Recycling Guide



In collaboration with Wirral Environmental Network, we publish a guide to local recycling with regular updates. Visit the recycling page on the WEN website for an online version or to print a copy for handy reference.


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Where to buy local eggs in West Kirby

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